Saturday, November 10, 2007

Natus Adoratur

Gloria in altissimis Deo et super terram pax in hominibus bonae voluntatis. This passage is a challenge for my translation. Such propaganda! Who will believe that peace does not come from the force of empire? But the invitation is not restricted.

Luke writes of shepherds and Matthew of Magi. These stories have almost nothing in common. Angels and shepherds worship; and some time later, kings. Joy, Bethlehem, Christ, and Mary are shared. In one story there is a manger, in the other a house. In one case a babe, in the other a child.

The family of Jesus followed all aspects of the Law of Israel.

– Every male among you shall be circumcised. If a male is uncircumcised, that is, if the flesh of his foreskin has not been cut away, such a one shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.
– And I will give you a son by Sarah.
Abraham laughed.
– Let but Ishmael live on by your favor!
Abraham was ninety-nine years old when the flesh of his foreskin was circumcised and his son, Ishmael was thirteen.

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